Father’s Day is an opportunity to teach children to be thankful for their dads as well as their Heavenly Father. Crafts for the occasion can provide both a meaningful learning experience for children and create a fun memento for dads to treasure.
Handy Man Paperweight
This craft allows children to thank their dads for the odd jobs they do around the house. First, give each child a lump of clay, and show them how to mold it into a 3-inch ball. Let children decorate the ball by pressing an assortment of nuts, bolts, nails, screws and washers into it. Make sure they do not press the ball out of shape in the process. Next, let the clay harden, or bake it depending on what kind of clay you use. Then, spray-paint the paperweights silver or bronze, and let them dry completely. Have children cut a 3-inch circle from a piece of felt and write their names and the date on one side. Glue the other side to the bottom of the paperweight.
Designer Paper Necktie
This craft is perfect for younger children. Before class, cut out necktie shapes from sturdy cardboard. Then, cut multi-colored papers into long strips. You can use regular construction paper, patterned paper, tissue paper or even lightweight fabric. In class, give each child a necktie template. Let them choose several different strips of paper in their dad’s favorite colors. Let the children cut the strips into smaller pieces, then glue the multi-colored pieces onto the cardboard necktie to create a designer pattern. Remind children that some dads wear ties to work. Tell children to thank their dads for working to provide for the family.
Go to a dollar store and get one notepad cube for each child. Give children thick-tipped markers and let them draw pictures and write messages on the notepad. Suggest they draw a picture of their dad and themselves doing something fun together. On another side of the cube, show them how to write “Note to Dad: I Love You!” When children are finished, tie a big bow around the notepad cube. Tell children that adults use notepads to write down important reminders. Lead them in a discussion of the things their dads remember to do for the family, and the things their dads remember about them, such as birthdays and favorite activities. Remind them that their Heavenly Father never forgets about them, either.
Handful of Love Card
This card uses children’s handprints to communicate a loving message. Before class, cut out red and white hearts from construction paper, making the red heart slightly bigger so that the white heart will fit on top inside a border. Cut enough hearts so each child has one red and one white heart. In class, give each student a white heart, and instruct them to write the word “ME” at the top and to draw a picture of themselves below it. Glue the white heart on top of a red heart. Trace each child’s hands twice on red construction paper. Cut out the hand shapes and glue or staple them to the right and left side of the heart so that the fingers intertwine and cover the picture. On one hand, write, “Look inside so you can see.” On the second hand, write “Who loves you best. Of course, it’s…” Dad will open the card to see “ME” on the inside.
Michelle Watson has been an editor and freelance writer since 2010. She has edited hospital magazines around the United States and written on a variety of health-care topics. Watson is also a licensed high school English teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a teaching credential.